Canada’s Olympic performance outstanding

Canada’s not the host for these 2014 Olympics so it’s perhaps reasonable that we haven’t spent weeks or months wondering what the outcome

Canada’s not the host for these 2014 Olympics so it’s perhaps reasonable that we haven’t spent weeks or months wondering what the outcome would be.

They just kind of snuck up on us. Other than our two local athletes, Melissa Hollingsworth and Lyndon Rush, we don’t know the names of very many of those representing Canada.

Yet we couldn’t be prouder of the achievements so far. For Canada to be the top country in the medal standings earlier this week (albeit for just a few hours) was really tremendous.

It’s an indication, we believe, of the additional investments being made so our athletes have the time, the equipment and the coaching to elevate them to world class performers.

While we haven’t yet had time to watch much of the early days, we certainly have plans for more dedicated television viewing over the next ten days. Just as we’re sure many, many more residents are fixated on the performances and the results.

Then when the time has slipped by, oh so quickly, we’ll be there to celebrate with our country — whatever the outcome. We’re proud of these people who have sacrificed lots for the opportunity to represent their country and we salute them.

Let the games be a crowning glory in the experiences of each and every one of them.

Create some excitement

The announcement at Monday night’s council meeting that the new leisure centre will likely include a five sheet curling rink is certainly positive for our community.

After all the discussion, ideas and information that’s been circulated during the past couple of years, we believe finding a solution that will benefit our community and offer an opportunity to promote and grow the sport of curling in the Sylvan area is great news.

On the other hand, we were a little perplexed to see the same architect of the Lakeshore Drive project standing in front of councillors with plans which have been developed over the past year for the downtown ‘town centre’ which include narrowing the road, introducing angle parking on one side and basically trying to recreate a feel similar to Lakeshore Drive.

We have to echo the comments of Councillor Graham Parsons who said, “major changes do bring lots of excitement”.

We encourage residents to show their excitement at this fresh new look during the public open house which is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the town hall.